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Table of Contents Dedication ............................................................................................................................................... iii Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................................... iii About the author ..................................................................................................................................... iv About the book ........................................................................................................................................ iv Table of Contents ..................................................................................................................................... v Glossary ................................................................................................................................................. viii Foreword ................................................................................................................................................... ix Preface ....................................................................................................................................................... xi Section One - Why I chose Aikido and to follow the path of O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba ......... 1 My early life and a visit by fate ............................................................................................................... 1 Intervention by fate ................................................................................................................................... 2 A miracle was about to happen to change my life forever .................................................................. 2 The day came to train ............................................................................................................................... 4 Searching out a new Master..................................................................................................................... 6 Thinking back on being the student ..................................................................................................... 11 Stories from around the world .............................................................................................................. 13 Remembering my Sensei ........................................................................................................................ 16 Some experiences while teaching.......................................................................................................... 19 Training with Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba in the USA .......................................................................... 22 Training with the best ............................................................................................................................. 23 Talking on the mat .................................................................................................................................. 25 Section Two - Aikido mind and spirit philosophical aspects........................................................ 27 What Aikido concept do you think originated with O-Sensei? ........................................................ 27 So who has got it right? .......................................................................................................................... 28 Even my own Master changed .............................................................................................................. 31 Does it all have to work? ........................................................................................................................ 32 An understanding of contradictions is a must .................................................................................... 32 Just like in the world of politics............................................................................................................. 34 We are not so different whatever nationality we are ......................................................................... 35 Can we ever get to the enlightened stage? .......................................................................................... 36 Thinking poorly of others ...................................................................................................................... 39 Just how much are you a master of yourself? ..................................................................................... 40 A wiser person ......................................................................................................................................... 41 All too heavy? .......................................................................................................................................... 42 Aikido styles around the world and how they differ ........................................................................ 42 The 16 “Forms” of Aikido attack as still taught in some UK schools .............................................. 43 Saito Sensei had a very special start under the watchful eye of O-Sensei ....................................... 49 Weapons – more than most can handle ............................................................................................... 49 Why train with weapons anyway – are they really necessary? ........................................................ 53 A major principle in Aikido is defence against multiple attackers .................................................. 54

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Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

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